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“The Handmaid’s Tale” is forecasted to go home with two trophies at Sunday’s Writers Guild Awards in our latest odds: Best Drama Series and Best New Series. It makes sense that the reigning Emmy, Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice and Producers Guild Award champ is such a heavy favorite — the Elisabeth Moss-starrer never relinquished its lead in either category in our predictions — but it is extremely rare for a freshman series to pull off that WGA double at once.
Since the WGA Awards added the three series categories — Best New Series, Best Drama Series and Best Comedy Series — 12 years ago, only two shows have won Best New Series and either Best Drama Series or Best Comedy Series at the same ceremony: “True Detective” three years ago and “Atlanta” last year. Of the other 10 Best New Series winners, only two were not nominated in their respective genre series race: “Ugly Betty” and “In Treatment.”
Winners - Years - TV - Premiere
Here’s how the first 12 winners have shaken out (years are of TV premiere):
Besides the WGA’s obvious love of “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad,” it’s clear...
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